December 2, 2011
Thankful For ......Corn
OK. I'm doing my Thanksgiving post way after Thanksgiving. It's just that we've had so much going on I haven't had time to get the photos sorted out and the post written!
What I'm talking about is corn, specifically the field corn we grew last summer. I grew it for the chickens and also for us, for grinding into cornmeal. Cornmeal for cornbread turkey stuffing seemed like a good place to start.
Of grinding grains, we've mostly done wheat, both hard and soft, spelt, and brown rice. Corn was a new one to grind, but fortunately my Country Living Grain Mill came with a corn and bean auger for larger grains.
From what I understand, the only kind of corn that can't be used for cornmeal is sweet corn, something to do with it's sugar content. My field corn was Truckers Favorite, an heirloom dent corn.
So called because of the indentations in the kernels. Mainly it has to be well dried out so that the kernels will actually grind, and not just be smashed between the mill plates. Here's how mine turned out.
I confess I did not sift it, though it probably should have been. (With the kitchen all torn up, who in the world knows where my sifter is.) There's not as much chaff like wheat, and I figured the bits of corn silk, medicinally good for kidneys, wouldn't hurt us either.
To test it out we had cornmeal pancakes with home canned applesauce for lunch. Very tasty! No pics, things were getting hectic at that point. And no pics of my cornbread, nor stuffing, nor Thanksgiving dinner. Suffice it to say it was all very good.